Mystic – Robert M. Perkinson

Mystic – Robert R. Perkinson

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I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Trevor Howard is the Teton County, Wyoming sheriff, and he is investigating the recent death of 5-year-old Ronnie, along with four major arson events in and around the town of Jackson. He knows something is not right in his county, but there are few leads to go on, and no forensic evidence. Abe Anderson is the area’s pediatrician. Married to Nancy, and the father of some children, Abe has a secret fascination with a local actress and an unhealthy habit. Father’s Paul and Warren are the priests that preside over the local Catholic church, one of whom falls under scrutiny when an anonymous letter arrives, accusing one of them of misconduct with a child. And Holly Webb is an undercover police officer, brought in by Trevor to quietly investigate and infiltrate the county’s drug runners, until she finds herself in over her head.

Several different story lines are in effect and play into one another as Trevor investigates and attempts to identify the evil that has invaded Teton County. This book is loaded with fast paced action, colorful characters, and the beautifully descriptive scenery of the Teton Mountains. As Trevor continues searching for answers, a psychopathic personality disintegrates, a drug habit spirals out of control, and a young cop swears vengeance. But first all must survive the search for Mystics.

This book wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was a great read! However, there were a LOT of grammatical errors and misspellings – while they don’t at all detract from the story, I found myself quite surprised at the volume of errors.

All in all, still a great, suspenseful read!

Good Luck With That – Kristan Higgins

Good Luck With That – Kristan Higgins

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I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Emerson, Marley & Georgia are three kids who meet at a summer camp for obese children and they become lifelong friends. Flash forward to the present – Georgia & Marley share a two story home (Georgia rents from her close friend), and Emerson lives a couple of hours away. While Georgia and Marley have successful careers and a close relationship, Emerson has drifted away a bit, seemingly happy in her career, and a relationship of her own.

Then the two get a call, summoning them to Emerson’s death bed, where the are shocked to see that she’s become a very morbidly obese woman, who’s health issues and imminent death are all related to her size. She leaves them a letter to be read after her death, and within the letter is a list that the three girls had created as kids. And she challenges Georgia and Marley to fulfill each task on the list.

The story is told from the perspective of both surviving women, and through excerpts from the late Emerson’s journals, as they each reveal their struggles with obesity, wanting to be thin, family issues, fitting in, discrimination, acceptance and love.

I initially had a hard time getting involved in this story, because – like most women – I could totally see myself and my own struggles in these characters. As the story progresses, and the personalities of each character emerge, I found the book hard to put down, and shed more than a few tears at the heartbreak and then love found within its pages. A very realistic and yet heartwarming read!!

Tell No Lies – Lisa Hartley

Tell No Lies – Lisa Hartley

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I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

DS Caelan Small is back in this novel, set in England as she goes undercover to infiltrate the seedy underground of Edmonton. Two men have been found, both brutally murdered in unusual fashion, and one of them was identified as a copper. A large drug distributor has been jailed and another has seemingly taken his place? But who? And why were these men killed?

Meanwhile, Caelan’s roommate and lover, Nicky Sturgess, has seemingly returned from the dead after an undercover case of her own, unbeknownst to Caelan or Nik’s family who participated in her funeral. So Caelan struggles with this personal betrayal, as, forced to work with Nicky once again, she struggles to keep things professional.

Soon another copper goes missing, this one with familial connections to the jailed distributor, and Caelan searches for her, while her superiors are giving obtuse and conflicting orders. As Caelan infiltrates the drug ring, the final trap is set, leading to a stunning conclusion that is totally unexpected and one that I did not remotely see coming!

I struggled a bit with this novel, perhaps because the geography was unfamiliar to me, and because I have not read the first of he series, which undoubtedly sets the background of Caelan’s and Nicky’s relationship, and Nicky’s subsequent disappearance and presumed death. None the less, I look forward to the next book in the Caelan Samll series!

Nothing better than Lucas Davenport!

Twisted Prey – John Sandford

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Lucas Davenport is back for more in this long running, first rate series!
Preparing to return home after an idyllic weekend at his mountain cabin with his lover, Minnesota Senator Porter Smalls is forced off the road by a large vehicle on his trip back down the mountain. Only the superb driving of his companion, Cecily Whitehead, keeps them from plunging over a ravine and into a river. But Whitehead is killed in the incident. Upon investigation into the crash, reconstruction teams can find no evidence of another vehicle involved. Suspecting an assassination attempt by rival Senator Taryn Grant, Smalls enlists the help of Federal Marshall Lucas Davenport.

Lucas agrees to investigate the incident and heads to Washington DC, where almost right off the bat, he’s attacked by three men in full armor who mean him harm. Although he escapes unscathed, it’s clear that he’s stumbled into more than a mere automobile accident. That’s when he enlists the help of fellow Marshalls, Rae and Bob Matees.

As the case heats up and key players are identified, Lucas begins to link the assassination attempt to a group called Heracles, and some of its key players, one of whom is aide to Senator Grant. With snappy dialogue, colorful characters, and a cameo by Virgil Flowers, the novel races on to an unexpected and very satisfying ending!

I do not think I will ever get enough of John Sandford and Lucas Davenport!!